Now this is hot off the press and refers to test results from the recent Japan Cup. Michael Rogers actually won this event in a strong field wearing the colours of Saxo-Tinkoff who, by chance, have the clenbuterol tainted Alberto Contador amongst thier ranks.
We discussed at length at the end of last season, the zero tolerance positon of Team Sky, whom Rogers amongst others had just left. I remember writing that for me, Rogers was the "elephant in the room" that was never referred to or questioned. I did so because it seemed incredulous to let go your team captain after a marvellous team performance at the Tour De France. It seemed like a strange decision then and one wonders, if the B sample is positive, if it will end up being seen as a 'cute' decision by Team Sky.
Assuming the B sample is positive, it seems highly unlikely Rogers will escape sanction. Japan's food controls are extremely high and of course a positive for clenbuterol is an absolute offence where any excuse can only be submitted in mitigation.
What with JTL's investigation it's not been a good week for anglo riders or by association, Team Sky. Watch this space!